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UW system regents approve 2-year tuition freeze for all students

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The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents expanded a tuition freeze to include out-of-state and graduate students Thursday for the next two years, the Associated Press reports.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a budget that required a tuition freeze for in-state residents, but the regents decided to extend the benefit to all students attending UW schools.

Although tuition will temporarily remain flat, fees and room and board costs will increase.

Following six consecutive years of 5.5 percent increases in tuition, the UW system had originally sought a 2 percent increase each year for the next two years. But after lawmakers discovered the system was keeping a surplus of hundreds of millions of dollars this spring, the Legislature approved the freeze, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

At the end of the month, cash balances are expected to reach $785.6 million with an estimated $534.4 million from tuition money. The Associated Press says $323 million will go toward paying the tuition freeze and other expenses.

The UW System includes 26 campuses throughout the state.

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